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NAPPING: THE TREATMENT FOR MIDDAY SLUMP

If you feel tired after you come back from lunch, you are normal and need to take a nap.

Studies of both office workers and school children show that people work best in the early morning. They lay more bricks, turn more bolts, answer more telephones, and write better reports. Then as the morning progresses, people lose their concentration. They go out to lunch and are often very unproductive until they go home. Tiredness is a signal that your brain needs a rest.

If you suffer from afternoon tiredness, find a quiet place to lie down during your lunch hour for at least a half hour and not more than one hour. Set a radio to wake you to music, rather than a harsh sound that will jolt you. You can expect to be far more productive than you were when you struggled to get through the afternoon and evenings without a nap.

Checked 8/9/05

May 31st, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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